A Curated Conversation with Anita Cheung & Taraneh Efran King
Join Yoga Outreach & Modo Yoga East Vancouver for an intimate evening of conversation on meditation and mental health. Anita Cheung, founder of In Bed with Betty and Taraneh Efran King, founder of Mind On Spirit will offer their stories and share insights into how meditation can support mental well-being. This is not to be missed. Bring a friend for a night of thought-provoking conversation. Scroll down for speaker bios.
Hosted by Farah Nazarali.
There will be a non-alcoholic bar ($2 – $5/drink).
Proceeds will support Yoga Outreach.
I first tried yoga fourteen years ago and absolutely hated it.
Now, I teach yoga.
Funny how things work out.
I am ever curious & am a junkie for learning. I’ve never really heeded my mother’s warning about talking to strangers. I am an ambivert and a libra through and through (aka indecisive and fickle as heck). I love good design, good food, good music, and good conversation. I am a solar powered nap queen. You can find me in The Nature.
Yoga was “too slow” for my full-speed-ahead lifestyle. I was always turned off by the spirituality of it all. It wasn’t until many years later, after hitting some serious life lows, that I found a sense of comfort and a sense of “home” in my body through yoga and meditation. I fell in love with the fluidity of the postures, and the emotional and physical strength I found in the stillness.
After doing my time at University (and with a shiny degree to prove it), I threw it all to the wayside to pursue my passion. What can I say? #typicalmillenial
In short, meditation saved my life. I struggled with my mental health for years, although my family and ex boyfriends would just call me “emotional” and “crazy”. It wasn’t until my early 20s when I was told I had depression, and it was only after I confessed to being suicidal that I was referred to a therapist who would teach me the meditation tools that have taught me to manage my mental health.
I can remember being in the thick of it all, body numb, and thinking to myself “I really, really, hope that no one else feels this way.”
Coming out of that experience, I knew I wanted to share the practice with as many people as possible, in hopes that it makes a difference to at least one person.
In 2014, I created one of the first pop up meditation studios, free of charge, for the Vancouver community as one way to share meditation and mindfulness. (Note: this was before any of the big studios would open in New York & LA.) Since then, I opened Canada’s first modern meditation studio in 2016, and after leaving that business, am carving out space for community, connection, and practice online through Betty.
The truth is…
the kind of wellness we desire,
is an inside job.
If we are so fortunate to have access to a care team – like a massage therapist, a personal trainer, a counsellor, etc – we are supported through their knowledge and skills to improve our wellness. Even still, it is up to us as individuals to move and nourish our bodies, calm and detangle our minds, hear and nurture our souls.
The kind of wellness most of us desire is a true wellness that is accompanied by a sense of deep inner peace and true contentment in life. This holistic, and personally responsible, approach to wellness is at the center of my work in every capacity.
My work (whether I am writing, teaching, guiding, counselling or speaking) supports people in reconnecting to themselves in a deep and meaningful way, beyond ego. Holistic health is not whole without the inclusion of spiritual health, but who even talks about that these days? At the heart of my work is this knowing: you were born whole and complete, now let’s get you back to remembering what that means and how it feels, embodied.
People most often describe me as grounded and warm. I take this as the highest compliment. I am a mother of two magic human beings, nature lover, and writer, currently working on two books on the topics of healing and spiritual awakening.